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Awesome Con, the Mid-Atlantic’s premier pop culture convention, announced today the launch of Awesome Con Jr, a first-ever family-focused pavilion within Awesome Con taking place in the Walter E. Washington Convention Center on June 16-18 over Father’s Day weekend. Awesome Con Jr will provide hours of fun with entertaining and educational programs just for kids including interactive opportunities with characters from Nickelodeon’s hit preschool series PAW Patrol and Shimmer and Shine, plus additional fun experiences from The Emoji Movie, How to Train Your Dragon characters, LEGO building zones, a kids costume contest, and more. Making it easier than ever to spend time together as a family and encourage creative play, children 10 and under are admitted free when an accompanying adult uses the coupon code AWESOMEJR on a kid’s ticket.
Awesome Con is proud to work with GeekDad to present exciting Father’s Day activities on Sunday, June 18 in a show of appreciation for the awesome dads in attendance. The first 500 dads to attend Awesome Con on June 18 will receive a free, limited edition T-shirt, and giveaways are scheduled throughout the day with prizes including Awesome Con swag and Washington Nationals tickets. Geek dads of all ages will enjoy events including a Q&A with Stan Lee, the father of Marvel Comics; a classic arcade of nostalgic games; a panel hosted by GeekDad teaching parents how to encourage curiosity in the next generation; and more.
All events take place during Awesome Con’s regular hours, Friday, June 16 through Sunday, June 18. Additional highlights include:
Stan Lee, Creator of Spider-Man, Daredevil, Doctor Strange, Fantastic Four, Hulk, Iron Man, Thor, X-Men – June 16-18
David Tennant of Doctor Who, Jessica Jones, DuckTales – June 17-18
Catherine Tate of Doctor Who, The Office – June 17-18
Billie Piper of Doctor Who – June 17-18[Billie Piper has cancelled.]
Christopher Sabat of Dragon Ball Z, Fullmetal Alchemist – June 16-18
Jason David Frank of Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers – June 16-18
Phil LaMarr of Futurama, Samurai Jack – June 16-18
Sean Schemmel of Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball Super – June 16-18
Activities kids and parents will both love will be held throughout Awesome Con such as:
Stan Lee Panel
Stan Lee will host a panel on Awesome Con’s main stage, answering questions from attendees about his expansive career and work over the years. June 18 at 10:30am.
GeekDad Celebrate Father’s Day: Raising Geek Generation 2.0
Join some of the writers from GeekDad.com to discuss raising the next generation of geeks. They’ll talk about introducing various fandoms to kids, sharing old and new geeky passions with kids, and choosing which things are appropriate for different ages. Some of them may even be joined by their kids who will discuss what it’s like growing up as a geek. Come for the unabashed geekery, stay for some great surprises! Join in the conversation and come prepared with your own anecdotes and questions. June 18 at 12:45pm.
Kids Costume Parade presented by The Emoji Movie
Kids will have the chance to strut their stuff and show off over-the-top outfits in a costume parade inside Awesome Con Jr. June 18 at 1:00pm.
Padawan Lightsaber Training presented by Saber Guild Corellia
Adults and their ‘Padawans’ can join Saber Guild Corellia to learn how to wield a lightsaber and stave off the Dark Side on the Backlot stage. June 17 at 5:45pm.
The Smithsonian’s Future Con
Created with the Smithsonian and sponsored by Science Channel, Future Con compiles three days of programming with scientific experts, engineers, authors, and astronauts. Learn about the latest advances in science and technology and how you can help shape the future. June 16-18.
The Sarah Jane Adventures, or Doctor Who for Kids!
Doctor Who spawned several spin-off series. One of them starred one of the most beloved Doctor Who characters of all time, Sarah Jane Smith. If you’re a Doctor Who fan and you’ve got kids, but you feel that they’re still too young for Doctor Who, the Sarah Jane Adventures is right up their alley! June 18 at 3pm.
Dark Skies, Bright Science: The 2017 Great American Eclipse
Hear from the National Science Foundation about how we understand our nearest star and its phenomena that can impact life of Earth. In 1989, a solar eruption with the strength of thousands of nuclear bombs knocked out power to over 6 million people in North America. The 2017 Great American Eclipse coming up this summer will present a unique opportunity to study the sun using ground-based observations by citizen scientists and professional researches alike. Learn the science behind a solar eclipse and how you can safely observe it. Explore the future of solar astronomy with the Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope, the world’s largest and most powerful solar observatory currently under construction on a mountain in Hawaii. June 17 at 5:30pm.
Frozen Fossils: Dinosaurs of the Antarctic with National Science Foundation
Dinosaurs? In Antarctica? How do we find them? Once you’ve found them, how do you bring them to life in film and in museums? Hear from National Science Foundation’s researchers about the process of unearthing dinosaurs in one of the most remote and formidable locations on the planet. Learn how filmmakers bring these monstrous and fascinating creatures to life on screen, and how museum curators transform them beyond the screen into exhibits that capture the human imagination like few creatures – living or otherwise – can. June 17 at 7:30pm.
Nickelodeon’s heroic pups Chase and Marshall from PAW Patrol and twin genies-in-training Shimmer and Shine from Shimmer and Shine, plus a life-sized Toothless from How to Train Your Dragon, The Emoji Movie characters, and more can be found around Awesome Con for unique photo ops. Fans can also snap pictures of iconic pieces of film and television memorabilia at Awesome Con’s Backlot, with pieces including a reproduction Star Trek bridge on display during exhibit hall hours. June 16-18.
Meet all-ages comic publisher Aw Yeah Comics and children’s comic creators including Carolyn Belefski (Curls, French Fry Club); Mark Mariano (Adventure Time, Claire Lost Her Bear at the World’s Fair); Ryan North (Adventure Time); Dan Parent (Archie); Arsia Rozegar (Shahnameh for Kids); and more. June 16-18.